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Who Has Access to Your Smartphone Data?
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Who Has Access to Your Smartphone Data?

ISPs, app developers, and even the government may know more about you than you think.

Virtual Collaboration in the Age of the Coronavirus
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Virtual Collaboration in the Age of the Coronavirus

Videoconferencing apps took off during the COVID-19 lockdowns, but more efficient ways to collaborate virtually are waiting in the wings.

Talking Machines: Who Won This Year's Alexa Prize?
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Talking Machines: Who Won This Year's Alexa Prize?

A team of students from Emory University has won this year's $500,000 Alexa Prize from Amazon for advancing conversational artificial intelligence by designing...

Security Gap Allows Eavesdropping on Mobile Phone Calls
From ACM TechNews

Security Gap Allows Eavesdropping on Mobile Phone Calls

Researchers from Ruhr-Universitat Bochum and New York University Abu Dhabi eavesdropped on cellphone calls by exploiting a security flaw in basestation implementations...

Android Is Now World's Largest Earthquake Detection Network
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Android Is Now World's Largest Earthquake Detection Network

Google says it has created "the world's largest earthquake detection network" by adding quake detection features to almost all Google Play Android phones.

The Quantum Threat
From Communications of the ACM

The Quantum Threat

Cryptographers are developing algorithms to ensure security in a world of quantum computing.

Deceiving the Masses on Social Media
From Communications of the ACM

Deceiving the Masses on Social Media

The social media platforms like their freedom, but information gerrymandering may require legislation to fix.

Purdue Researchers 3D-Print Minerals in Order to Better Predict Fracture Formation
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Purdue Researchers 3D-Print Minerals in Order to Better Predict Fracture Formation

Purdue University and Sandia National Laboratories researchers are three-dimensionally (3D) printing minerals, in order to learn to better predict how and where...

A 3D-Printed Brain Could Make It Easier to Find Cancer Treatments
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A 3D-Printed Brain Could Make It Easier to Find Cancer Treatments

Researchers have developed a technique to study glioblastoma brain tumors using a three-dimensionally (3D)-printed framework composed of human brain cells and biomaterials...

YouTube to Limit Video Quality Around the World for a Month
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YouTube to Limit Video Quality Around the World for a Month

YouTube has reduced the quality of video streaming to standard definition around the world in an effort to ease Internet traffic during the coronavirus outbreak...

IBM Partners with White House to Direct Supercomputing Power for Coronavirus Research
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IBM Partners with White House to Direct Supercomputing Power for Coronavirus Research

IBM will help coordinate an initiative to supply more than 330 petaflops of computing power to scientists researching COVID-19.

How CDC is Trying to Forecast Coronavirus's Spread
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How CDC is Trying to Forecast Coronavirus's Spread

A group of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is one of several dozen teams enlisted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to adapt their annual...

Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey
From Communications of the ACM

Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey

Technologies are coming increasingly closer to approximating the human senses of taste and smell.

How Universities Deploy Student Data
From Communications of the ACM

How Universities Deploy Student Data

Personalizing efforts to drive greater student retention and success.

This Robot Taught Itself to Walk Entirely on Its Own
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This Robot Taught Itself to Walk Entirely on Its Own

Researchers at Google have developed a four-legged robot that learned to walk completely on its own in just a few hours. 

This App Lets You See IoT Devices Around You and What Data They're Taking
From ACM TechNews

This App Lets You See IoT Devices Around You and What Data They're Taking

Researchers have developed an app that will let users know what IoT technologies are operating in the immediate vicinity and what data they are collecting. 

New Yorkers Face Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but Study Finds Hope
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New Yorkers Face Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but Study Finds Hope

A study by the nonprofit research group Center for an Urban Future offers hope for New York City employees who lack the training to qualify for upcoming technology...

Across the Language Barrier
From Communications of the ACM

Across the Language Barrier

Translation devices are getting better at making speech and text understandable in different languages.

Making 3D Printing Smarter with Machine Learning
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Making 3D Printing Smarter with Machine Learning

Researchers have spent six years to improve the printing accuracy of three-dimensional (3D) printing software by 50% or more. 

Countries Debate Openness of Future National IDs
From ACM TechNews

Countries Debate Openness of Future National IDs

More than half of African countries are developing some form of biometric or digital national identification (ID).
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